|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (superl.) Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.
2. (superl.) Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
Dire (1 Occurrence)
Deuteronomy 28:48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom Yahweh shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron on your neck, until he has destroyed you. (See NIV)